Qatar World Cup should be in winter, report finds

A report into the staging of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has stated that the tournament should be held in either November or December, BBC Sport has reported.

The report is the work of a FIFA commission and forms a recommendation to the world governing body on the timetable of the tournament, with the decision to be confirmed at a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in March.

Temperatures of more than 40c in the summer, as compared to closer to 25c in the winter months, have led the commission to their findings. A start date of November 26 and an end date of December 23 has been mooted, while FIFA have rejected the suggestion the World Cup could be reduced in size to account for the scheduling, which falls in the middle of the season for many leagues and competitions around the world. The BBC claim as many as 50 countries will be affected.

It had been suggested the World Cup could be held between April and May, a proposition supported by many major European clubs.

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